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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3078


Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What is the breakdown of moneys for medical research by the National Health and Medical Research Council given as dollars and as percentages of total grants between:

(a)   acute disease conditions,

(b)   chronic disease conditions,

(c)   non-disease oriented basic research,

(d)   social problems,

(e)   geriatrics,

(f)   rehabilitation,

(g)   psychiatric research,

(h)   general medicine excluding (d), (e) and (f),

(i)   general surgery excluding (d), (e) and (f).

(j)   other.


Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The information sought cannot be supplied in a meaningful manner.

If I may explain, the division of disease into chronic and acute is an oversimplification since acute disease in some instances will become chronic or can give rise to related chronic syndromes.

Indeed a great deal of the research supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council which appears on cursory examination to be so-called 'basic' research has links with both acute and chronic disease. The other areas mentioned also show substantial interrelationship consequently it is not feasible to account for grants in this manner. The Council does not confine its grants solely to research into disease, but into all medical aspects of the maintenance of health, which includes the investigation of body mechanisms which are necessary for health. While grants in many of the areas mentioned may not relate directly to disease, they would certainly relate to health or medical care.

The honourable senator may wish to peruse the published reports of the Council which list details of all research grants given, or the annual report of work done under the Medical Research Endowment Act in which all grantees outline the progress of their projects and their significance. I have recently approved medical research grants and scholarships on the recommendations of the Council for use in 1 975 totalling approximately 5 million dollars. Details of these grants will be published in the proceedings of the 79th Session of the National Health and Medical Research Council which should be available early in the new year.







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